Former Idaho Mountain Express reporter and editor David P. Proctor, 71, of Boise, died Thursday, May 30, after a 14-year battle with cancer. Proctor was a part owner of Express Publishing.

Proctor worked for the Express from 1981-86 and was an award-winning journalist for the Boise-based Idaho Statesman from 1986-95.

After leaving the Statesman, he worked in politics, wrote four books including “A Pathway of Dreams: Building the Boise Greenbelt,” and spent 13 years as director of media and communications for The Idaho Foodbank.

In 1999, he founded the Log Cabin BookFest, Idaho’s only book festival, and ran it for two years. He served on the Boise City Ethics Commission and taught classes for Boise Community Education.

A native of Colchester, Vt., and son of a career Army officer, Proctor lived in many places growing up. He graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1966, and from the University of Utah in 1970. He earned a master’s degree from Utah in communications and journalism.

His journalism career began writing about music for the Salt Lake Tribune. He was proud to be a lyricist for songs recorded by Ken Harris and Gayle Chapman. His musical knowledge was extensive.

Survivors include his wife, Becky, who David married in Ketchum in 1981; his daughters, Sarah (Erik Engstrom) and Kayti (Mitch Williams); his mother, Joan Proctor, and a brother, Chris Proctor, along with two sisters.

Cloverdale Funeral Home of Boise is handling arrangements ( No service details have been announced.